American Speech 20.1 (2002) iii
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Patricia Cukor-Avila is associate professor of linguistics in the Departmentof English at the University of North Texas. Her research centers on the study of grammatical variation and change in rural Southern dialects, specifically African American English. She is coeditor of The Emergence of Black English: Text and Commentary (with Guy Bailey and Natalie Maynor; Amsterdam: Benjamins, 1991) and author of several articles and book chapters. She is currently coauthoring a book with Guy Bailey titled The Development of AAVE since 1850: The Evolution of a Grammar (Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press, forthcoming).
Thomas E. Murray is professor of English at Kansas State University, where he teaches courses on English linguistics and the English language and researches various aspects of language variation, American English, and onomastics. The present article is dedicated to his daughter, Ciara Danielle Ross-Murray, whose postbirth comfort elicited Murray's first attestation of like + part participle.
Beth Lee Simon is associate professor of linguistics and English at Indiana University/Purdue University, Fort Wayne. Her sociohistorical research on language shift in immigrant communities focuses on language and literacy domains, social networks, and ideology as indexical of identity. She is a former research scientist with the Dictionary of American Regional English. Her fiction, personal essays, and poetry appear in a variety of literary journals.
Daniel Schreier, from Basel, Switzerland, researches the origin of New Zealand English at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, where he received a postdoctoral fellowship. He recently lectured at North Carolina State University, where he conducted research on South Atlantic English. He collaborated with Walt Wolfram and his associates at the North Carolina Language and Life Project to investigate the effects of geographic isolation on language development and change.